BELLE FOURCHE — Lead-Deadwood defeated Belle Fourche three games to one in varsity volleyball action Thursday evening at Edwin Petranek Armory, in Belle Fourche.

The visiting Golddiggers won the first game 25-22, and Belle Fourche earned a 25-22 win in the second game. Lead-Deadwood won the third game 25-15 and the fourth game 25-23 to secure the match victory.

“Staying focused and not giving up,” Lead-Deadwood head coach Kim Hansen said in describing the biggest keys to the victory. “Statistically, the thing that kept us in the game was our serving.”

Alexis Cherveny scored two aces to help Belle Fourche open a 10-2 lead in the first game. Lead-Deadwood sliced the margin to 12-11 when Anna Campbell served an ace.

The Golddiggers grabbed a 15-13 lead. Belle Fourche used a Hayley Wilbur attacking kill to gain side out and cut the margin to 15-14.

Wilbur (attacking kill) and Cherveny (serving ace) kept the Broncs ahead 18-16. Anna Campbell’s attacking kill highlighted a six-point run that propelled the Golddiggers to a 22-19 lead en route to the 25-22 win.

The Broncs stormed out to a 9-3 lead in the second game. Wilbur’s attacking kill opened a 19-12 advantage for Belle Fourche.

Natalie Janssen recorded an attacking kill to give Lead-Deadwood side out and cut the margin to 19-13. Her block capped a subsequent seven-point run that pushed the Golddiggers ahead 20-19.

Belle Fourche moved ahead 24-21 en route to the 25-22 win.

Raygan Mattson served an ace to push the Golddiggers ahead 10-5 in the third game. Hannah Campbell’s block made the score 12-5, Golddiggers.

Cherveny served two aces as the Broncs stayed within 16-12. Lead-Deadwood opened a 23-14 cushion on its way to the 25-15 win.

Belle Fourche led 8-4 in the fourth game before Janssen served three consecutive aces to bring the Golddiggers within 8-7.

The Broncs led 13-11 before Cherveny collected three attacking kills to highlight a five-point run to make the score 18-11.

Mattson’s two serving aces helped the Golddiggers close the margin to 19-18. Lead-Deadwood broke a 22-22 tie by scoring three of the next four points for the 25-23 game win and match win.

“It comes down to just some little things: controlling some things, not making errors on our side of the court,” Belle Fourche head coach Loree Schlichtemeier said.

Schlichtemeier said Lead-Deadwood made runs to get back into the first two games. 

Belle Fourche kept playing and trying to stay aggressive, according to Schlichtemeier. 

Statistical leaders follow.

ServingLead-Deadwood: Raygan Mattson 5 aces, Kailee Bertrand 3 aces, Natalie Janssen 3 aces, Anna Campbell 2 aces. Belle Fourche: Alexis Cherveny 26 for 29 with 9 aces, Taryn Stedillie 15-15 with 2 aces, Amity Middleton 11-12 with 1 ace.

Attacking killsLead-Deadwood: A. Campbell 11, Janssen 5, Mattson 5. Belle Fourche: Hayley Wilbur 10, Cherveny 9, Kaylin Garza 7.

Set assistsLead-Deadwood: Bertrand 21. Belle Fourche: Stedillie 33.

DigsLead-Deadwood: Mattson 21. Belle Fourche: Middleton 21, Stedillie 20, Harley Fischer 18.

BlocksLead-Deadwood: Janssen 7. Belle Fourche: Garza 3, Tia Williamson 2.

Lead-Deadwood will bring a 6-1 record into a Sept. 17 home match against Spearfish. Belle Fourche (1-3) is scheduled to play two matches at Lennox on Saturday.

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